Hydra-Matic, introduced in 1940, was the first brand of mass-produced automatic transmission, making it easier for just about anyone to drive.
A GM ad for that model year proclaims: "No Clutch Pedal! A Free Unshackled Right Hand! World's Simplest, Easiest Way to Drive!"
See also: How Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it
September 3, 2013 6:05 PM PDT
Photo by: GM
| Caption by: James Martin
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